Vancouver’s downtown is almost an island, bordered on three sides by False Creek, English Bay, and Vancouver Harbour, which encourages the buildings there to grow tall.

Driving to Vancouver, BC

Culturally rich with native history and international industry, and now with a growing culinary scene, Vancouver is poised to become the business, pleasure, and tourism jewel of Canada.

A sea stack on the beach at Port Orford, Oregon.

Driving to the Oregon Coast

Every town has a slightly different feel along 101, but there are constants along the entire northern half of the Oregon Coast—you’ll find saltwater taffy and clam chowder almost everywhere, and wildlife pops up in tide pools and along sandstone cliffs the whole way.

A barn in a field of pink tulips in Skagit Valley Washington.

PNW Road Trip: Driving from Vancouver to Seattle

The drive from Vancouver to Seattle is 141 miles and takes about 2.5 hours, though border delays can vary. This route takes you from the heart of downtown Vancouver to Seattle with a scenic detour to the towns of Bow and Edison. Each tiny town boasts bakeries, cheesemongers, and cafés.

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Moon Pacific Northwest Road Trip Playlist

The playlist we’ve put together celebrates the innovation that’s been at the heart of the Pacific Northwest music scene, including artists from Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana. All of the songs are either about the Pacific Northwest or were performed by an artist or band from the region.

Wildflowers grow beside a lake reflecting Mount Rainier.

PNW Road Trip: Driving from Mount Rainier to Seattle

The trip from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle is only 85 to 95 miles from both the Nisqually and White River park entrances but takes close to two hours to complete thanks to some twisty terrain. Neither route is very straightforward, so keep these directions handy.

The Fremont is an arch framed bridge crossing the Willamette.

PNW Road Trip: Driving from Portland to Seattle

Seattle is 175 miles north of Portland along I-5, about 2.75 hours without traffic. Being a fairly easy drive, it lends itself well to including both cities on a road trip, and there are plenty of landmarks to keep an eye out for as you travel.

Pike Place market sign reading Public Market Center with a clock.

Discover the PNW Road Trip: Visiting Seattle

Built on a bumpy series of hills between a lake and a bay, Seattle has grown into a mature metropolis. And still it remains in all ways a creative, youthful, and exuberant, a city made of character and characters. Put the city on your Pacific Northwest road trip to-do list.

Cover of Moon West Coast RV Camping, 4th ed.

Moon West Coast RV Camping

Award-winning author Tom Stienstra covers more than 2,000 RV parks and campgrounds throughout Washington, Oregon, and California in Moon West Coast RV Camping. Stienstra provides a range of outdoor options that appeal to campers with kids, pets, or recreational equipment, as well as those looking for a beachfront, natural springs, or island retreat. Stienstra also […]

The marshy edges of south Sequim Bay in Washington.

The Two-Day Olympic Discovery Trail Bike Trip

Pump up your bicycle tires, fill your water bottle and hitch a ride by ferry to Washington state’s rugged Olympic Peninsula for a two-day journey along the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT), a multi-use route that stretches nearly 130 miles from the eastern Victorian seaport of Port Townsend to the western oceanfront village of La Push.